BVHS Weekend Column: Contact Dermatitis on the Hands

…reduce the risk of contact dermatitis on the hands.

Contact Dermatitis on the Handsby Kelly Koenig, MD, FAAD , Blanchard Valley Medical Associates – Dermatology

Kelly Koenig, Dermatology Resident

Many people suffer from various rashes to their hands. We use our hands in countless ways throughout the day, so itchy, painful and sometimes blistering or cracked skin on our hands can have a huge impact on our daily activities. Fortunately, there are solutions.

Hand dermatitis can have several causes. For instance, some individuals suffer from ongoing chronic issues related to an existing skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis. During the winter months with lower humidity, these conditions often worsen. Most commonly, however, newly onset dry skin on the hands is classified as “irritant contact dermatitis.” This condition can result in dry, cracked, painful skin anywhere on the body but is commonly found on the hands due to frequent washing and exposure to various chemicals in our environment.

Overly dry skin on the hands can result from the overuse of harsh soaps and cleaning agents, frequent hand-washing, dry heat and low humidity in the air, or lack of moisturizing to help repair the skin barrier after these insults. Washing hands with mild, moisturizing and non-foaming cleansers is one measure to reduce the risk of contact dermatitis on the hands. Additionally, using hand sanitizers, which are less irritating that soap and water, throughout the day when the hands are not visibly soiled and moisturizing the hands with a heavy emollient cream or ointment that is fragrance-free immediately after they become wet may also help. White petrolatum (plain Vaseline), CeraVe cream, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, Aquaphor, Vanicream, Eucerin cream and other similar products are favorable moisturizing options.

Less commonly, individuals can be affected by “allergic contact dermatitis.” This results when an allergen or chemical in the environment comes in contact with the skin and causes itchy, red, raised and sometimes blistering rashes that appear two to seven days or more after exposure. A common example of this type of reaction is poison ivy.

Many chemicals can also cause allergy including fragrances, metals such as nickel, gold and cobalt, preservatives such as formaldehyde, quaternium-15 and MI/MCI, or topical antibiotics such as neomycin and bacitracin. Because these reactions typically occur several days after exposure, it can be difficult to correlate and decipher the actual cause. If the hands do not improve by using gentle soaps and moisturizers listed above, then further allergy testing such as “patch testing” can be completed to help identify any chemical source contributing to the problem.

Overall, for dry, itchy skin, using mild and fragrance-free cleansers, hand sanitizers when appropriate and moisturizing immediately after washing and throughout the day can help reduce irritation. Prescription cortisone creams can also provide relief for extreme cases, and ultimately further testing is sometimes required. A board-certified dermatologist can provide guidance if despite these measures, individuals continue to experience severe contact dermatitis.  

3 Tips to Create Your Dream Closet

No closet is complete without some personal touches….


(Family Features) If you’ve ever opened your closet doors and been depressed by what you see, it may be time to rethink your closet.

In fact, according to a One Poll survey on behalf of ClosetMaid, 57 percent of women admitted having an organized closet would make finding what they’re looking for faster and easier while 3 out of 10 said an organized closet would make mornings less stressful.

However, treating yourself to your dream closet and introducing a new level of organization can help alleviate those worries and provide a fresh perspective. To get started on your closet makeover, consider these tips:

Assess Your Needs
Before diving headfirst into a full-blown closet makeover, start by assessing any budgetary constraints as well as the physical aspects and size of your space. Determine your ceiling height and available wall space to give yourself a feel for what your area can accommodate; you may even want to consider converting an adjacent room into your dream closet. Remember to account for any sloped walls and whether you prefer a simple reach-in closet or a more elaborate walk-in. Once you’ve determined your preferences and completed your measurements, turn to your wardrobe to assess whether you need more hanging space, shelving, shoe storage, accessory drawers or something else entirely.

Make Your Dream a Reality
Whether you’re a motivated DIYer intent on completing the project yourself or would prefer to work with a team of designers and professional installers, there are plenty of options available to bring your dream closet to fruition. One closet system to consider if you’re seeking a completely customized, designer-inspired space is ClosetMaid’s MasterSuite 27th Avenue collection. The professionally installed line can be cut to nearly any configuration and offers a range of matte and premium wood finishes, three drawer styles, elegant hardware options and high-end accessories, allowing you the design freedom to ensure the features and aesthetic match your vision for the space.

Customize Your Space
No closet is complete without some personal touches. Make your closet work efficiently with some luxurious organization accessories such as jewelry trays, shoe shelving, wire baskets and drawers, sliding mirrors, valet rods, scarf racks and more. Once you have the necessary accessories and hangers, set up a systematic flow by using the zone principle. Keep frequently used items in prime real estate, accessories within reach and tuck away those rarely used items.

With your dream closet complete, the only thing left to worry about is keeping it in tip-top shape. For more closet makeover tips and solutions, visit ClosetMaid.com.

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ClosetMaid

Lutheran Church News

Sunday, January 20, Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled “Why Do We Care?”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore
This Sunday, January 20, Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled “Why Do We Care?” based on John 2:1-11 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.  Plan now to join us.  

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb
“Why Do We Care?” based on John 2:1-11 is the topic of Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon for January 20, at St. John ‘s Lutheran in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.  We hope you will worship with us.

‘Forever Memories’ Support Group to Make ‘Memory Frames’

ALL adults and families who have recently lost a loved one are welcome!

Bridge Bereavement Services, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will host a “Forever Memories support group on Thursday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hub at Birchaven Village, located at 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay. Individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one can find support in one another while create a 12 inch by 12 inch memory frame to honor a deceased loved one’s life and relationship.

All adults and families who have recently lost a loved one are welcome, whether or not the deceased was a patient of Bridge Home Health and Hospice. This opportunity allows individuals the chance to take a step toward healing by creating lasting memories and speaking openly about loved ones who have passed.

All supplies will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring memories and photographs they would like to use to create the frame. Registration is required by Monday, February 4, 2019. To register or for more information, call the Bridge bereavement coordinator at 419.423.5351 or email bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.

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Bridge Bereavement Services is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

CAUV FILING TIME NEARS

The 2019 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed…

Matthew Oestreich, Wood County Auditor has announced that the 2019 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program.  Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now.

In accordance with Ohio law, CAUV applications are to be filed with the County Auditor’s office by the first Monday in March, this year by March 4, 2019.  Eligible property owners must reapply each year with no renewal fee. There is a $25.00 initial filing fee for all new applications. If renewal forms are not returned by March 4th, the County Auditor will be required by law to value the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years.

Current Agricultural Use Value authorizes the County Auditor to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value.  It protects and preserves farming operations by gearing the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development.   Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment which created the program and since 1974 most of the state’s agricultural land has been taxed at this value instead of market value.

CAUV soil values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation and are adjusted every three years for each County.  New values were issued for all parcels in the CAUV program in Wood County for the 2017 tax year which was payable in 2018.

With the passage of the 2017 Budget Bill, the Ohio Legislature made a significant change to how land used exclusively for “conservation practices” is valued under the CAUV program.  Land enrolled in the CAUV program that is used for “conservation practices” will be valued at the lowest value in the soil value table, which is $230 per acre, rather than the value for the individual soil type.  For example, for Hoytville Clay soil, the tillable soil value is $3,110 per acre. If it is used exclusively for “conservation practices” the value for that land would instead be $230 per acre.

“Wood County has 9,617 individual real estate parcels on Ag Use,” Mr. Oestreich noted.  “A total of 317,960 acres in this program brought a tax savings to agricultural landowners last year of over $12,000,000,”  Auditor Oestreich added.

If you are not currently enrolled in the CAUV program and you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Wood County Auditor’s Office at 419-354-9174 for more information.

PUCO reminds Ohioans of their choices as energy consumers

Consumers have the option to shop from a PUCO-certified supplier for their electricity or natural gas.

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 17, 2019) – For more than 100 years, energy in Ohio — electricity and natural gas — has been regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The PUCO wants to remind Ohio consumers that there are options when deciding about the energy supply that best suits your home or business.

Prior to the ability to choose your energy supplier, rates and services provided by the electric and natural gas utilities were set and regulated by the PUCO. Now, and for the past decade, consumers have the option to shop from a PUCO-certified supplier for their electricity or natural gas. The PUCO plays an important role by ensuring that there is a fair, competitive market and by providing necessary information, tools and resources that Ohioans need to make educated choices.

The PUCO reminds consumers to be aware of a few important facts about energy choice in Ohio.

  • The local utility will continue to deliver your electricity or natural gas, respond to outages and maintain the poles, pipes and wires associated with the delivery of your energy.
  • The ability to shop for alternative suppliers of electricity and natural gas gives you greater variety of pricing options and gives you the freedom to pick the option that is best for your home or business.
  • When shopping make sure to read your current bill and contract to look for things like price-to-compare, usage, applicable termination fees and the contract’s expiration date.

The PUCO’s Energy Choice Ohio website has helpful tools available to assist your shopping experience at www.energychoice.ohio.gov. There you will find things like the Apples to Apples comparison charts, frequently asked questions and a form to request a speaker for your next group meeting. Additionally, new user-friendly and interactive electric choice switch rate dashboards are now available on the PUCO website. Dashboards for natural gas switch rates will arrive later this year.

For more information, please visit www.energychoice.ohio.gov or www.PUCO.ohio.gov, or call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826).

Cooking Up Comfort

Watch the video–Hearty dishes for cold, dreary days…


(Family Features) On crisp winter days when the wind blows cold, warming up from the inside-out with hearty comfort foods can feel like a worthy solution. From chili to cornbread to dumplings, flavorful and filling foods prepared without an overload of ingredients certainly can provide a feel-good boost on chilly evenings.

Chili, a classic wintertime favorite, can be taken to the next level with a few tasty additions. Make a spicy version by mixing in bacon, sweet potatoes and a chopped jalapeno pepper for a quick warm-up. A simple and somewhat sweet spin on a classic, comforting side, Honey-Pumpkin Cornbread pairs well with the slightly spicy chili. If you’re really looking to put the comfort in a comforting main course, this Skillet Chicken and Dumplings recipe takes less than an hour to create.

To make these heart-warming recipes stand out from a crowd, Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Cookware provides dishwasher-safe, premium nonstick cookware for easy cleanup and food release that slides right off.

Find more information and comforting family-favorite recipes at circulon.com.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 5.5-Quart Casserole
  • 6          slices thick-cut smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1          pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2          medium onions, chopped
  • 1          jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 5          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          tablespoons chili powder
  • 2          teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 2          cups chicken broth
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1          can (15 ounces) no-salt-added black beans
  • 1/2       cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  1. Heat casserole over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until browned and crisp, about 7-8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-covered plate.
  2. Reduce bacon fat in casserole to 2 tablespoons and return to stove over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, onions and jalapeno pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and ground chipotle; cook until fragrant, 15 seconds.
  4. Pour in broth, tomatoes, beans and barley; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and barley is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and salt; let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Honey-Pumpkin Cornbread

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12-16

  • Circulon Nonstick 9-Inch Square Baking Pan
  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4    cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon sea salt
  • 1          cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2          large eggs, at room temperature
  • 5          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4          tablespoons honey
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk
  • 1          tablespoon grated orange zest
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Lightly butter baking pan.
  2. In bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk pumpkin puree, eggs, butter, honey, buttermilk and orange zest. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until moistened; transfer to prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake until cornbread pulls away from sides of pan and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20-22 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Skillet Chicken and Dumplings

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

  • Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 3.5-Quart Saucepan
  • 3          containers (32 ounces each) low-sodium chicken stock
  • Circulon Symmetry Chocolate 12-Inch Essentials Pan
  • 2          medium onions, diced
  • 4          carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch rounds
  • 1          head broccoli, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3       cups chopped chicken
  • 2          bay leaves
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1          teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2       cup half-and-half
  • 2          tablespoons cornstarch

Dumplings:

  • 1 1/2    cups whole-wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup half-and-half

Garnish:

  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh black pepper
  1. In saucepan, bring chicken stock to boil.
  2. In essentials pan, saute onions, carrots and broccoli with butter. Add olive oil as needed if pan looks dry. Cook until onions are translucent and carrots are beginning to soften.
  3. Add chopped chicken, bay leaves, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and hot chicken stock to skillet. Simmer 20-30 minutes until vegetables are softened. Adjust seasoning, as necessary.
  4. Whisk cornstarch into half-and-half until smooth. Whisk into soup and simmer 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  5. To make Dumplings: In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and half-and-half. Swirl soup with wooden spoon and add heaping tablespoons into center of soup at strong simmer. Continue adding until all dumpling batter is used. Cover with lid and cook on high 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with grated Parmesan and fresh cracked pepper.

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Circulon

Friday Night Basketball is Military Appreciation Night

Wear your Red, White, and Blue Friday Night at Arlington…….

This Friday is Military Appreciation Night at high school basketball games across the state of Ohio. Please wear your red, white, and blue!

North Baltimore will be playing at Arlington. All active/veteran military with an ID are admitted free.

Village Council News from Last Week

“We’re back on schedule”….

by Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council “Committee of the Whole” meeting was held last  Tuesday, January 8, at council chambers. Council member Aaron Patterson was absent.


Council President Matt Beegle led the meeting, which included some great news about pending grants for the village.

Some items discussed were:

  • Wireless cameras for the village park
  • Water Bill mix-up–apparently the batch of bills were routed to a different location than normal, resulting in many of them not making their way back to NB mailboxes. The due date remains January 15 and citizens can call the village office for more information.
  • Discussion of village sidewalks– when the village tree commission chooses trees to be planted in the boulevards, they consider the likelihood of each variety to cause sidewalks to “lift”
  • The council is moving forward on its plans for economic development services from Reveille.
  • Pay scales were to be discussed at last week’s Department Head meeting
  • The mayor will be presenting her “State of the Village” address at the next meeting
  • Interim Financial Officer Tony Swartz reported things are moving along pretty good
  • Village Administrator Michael Brillhart reported that he is completing trainings necessary for the administration of the grants that have been awarded to North Baltimore. He also shared reports that indicated we had been moved up on the list for the beginning of some of the projects scheduled to start in 2019. “We’re back on schedule! and moved up to start in Spring” He also shared ideas for a Five Year Capital Improvement list. He shared the council had adopted a capital improvement ordinance in 1998.
  • The special meeting scheduled for last week was not held because there was no agenda . That business will be on this week’s agenda.

Rep. Gavarone Seeks Appointment

DeWine appointments shake-up NW Wood County representation in House & Senate…

Theresa Gavarone, State Representative for Ohio’s 3rd House District, last week announced her intent to seek the appointment to the 2nd Ohio Senate District. The 2nd Senate District seat will be vacated by Senator Randy Gardner who was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to be the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The district includes the counties of Wood, Ottawa, Erie, Fulton (part) and Lucas (part).

“With the support of my family and at the urging of so many people across the district, I have decided to pursue the appointment to the 2nd Senate District,” Gavarone said. “We have had a lot of success during my time as State Representative and I look forward to the opportunity to serve a larger population and play a bigger role in ensuring North and Northwest Ohio continues to be an amazing place to live, work and raise a family.”

Gavarone, who was appointed to her seat in 2016, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She previously served on Bowling Green City Council.

In addition to her public service, Theresa is an attorney and the co-owner of Mr. Spots restaurant with her husband, Jim. They have three children and reside in Bowling Green where they attend St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health

Regular eye exams very important as child’s eyes develop rapidly…


(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

One common issue affecting children is myopia. Better known as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition in which close-up objects appear clear but, at a distance, everything becomes blurry and out of focus. If untreated, over time it can put the eyes at risk for serious vision-threatening conditions including retinal detachment, early cataract development, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

There can be significant short-term impacts, too. Nearly 50 percent of children with myopia experience difficulty in the classroom, and 41 percent of parents with myopic children claim their children struggle with everyday activities, according to a study conducted by MetrixLab on behalf of Essilor of America. However, recognizing those struggles as myopia isn’t always easy. Only 41 percent of parents in the study recognized their children were suffering from myopia.

If your child is suffering from myopia, look for symptoms such as squinting to see distant objects, like the board in the classroom; sitting too close to the TV or holding books and tablets close when reading; and experiencing eyestrain or headaches.

In addition to monitoring symptoms, you can also take proactive steps to protect your child’s vision health with these tips from Dr. Millicent Knight, a mother, optometrist and senior vice president of customer development for Essilor of America.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam: Regular comprehensive eye exams are particularly important during childhood when eyes are developing rapidly. The American Optometric Association recommends a first eye examination at 6-12 months of age, at least once between ages 3-5 then at least annually between ages 6-18.

Monitor screen time: While technology can be a great tool for learning, all that screen time can lead to digital eyestrain, resulting in tired eyes, headaches, itchy eyes, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light. To help reduce eyestrain, have children take periodic breaks while using devices and remember to strike a balance between screen time and outdoor time, as studies have shown that kids who play outside may be at a reduced risk of developing vision issues.

Protect eyes from the sun: Parents tend to remember sunscreen when children are outdoors, but they sometimes forget eyes are just as important. Children are at heightened risk for retinal damage when outdoors because their pupils, compared to adults, are larger outdoors and the lens inside the eye is clearer, which enables more harmful blue light from the sun to enter into the eye. Encourage kids to stay inside during the sun’s peak hours, and when they do go outside, have them wear sunglasses with both blue light protection and UV protection that blocks UVA and UVB rays.

For more information on myopia and to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an eyecare professional, visit Essilorusa.com.

SOURCE:
Essilor of America

Hug More, Stress Less

Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant


(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by “The Guardian.” Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety.

However, according to the article, hugs are on the decline. Among the reasons for this decline in hugging are busy schedules and the prevalence of technology extending the workday into time spent at home. It can be hard to focus on personal connections when work follows you home in your pocket. At times, it seems there are stronger connections to mobile devices than family members sitting in the same room.

There is a simple solution, though. In honor of National Hug Day, you can get back to showing love through the simple act of hugging.

With the help of its mascot, Seymore Good, Tree Top encourages everyone to “squeeze the day” and acknowledge goodness in others by sharing a meaningful, honest hug. The grower-owned fruit cooperative that uses simple ingredients and real fruit also introduced innovative clear apple sauce pouches that let parents “See the Good” in what their kids are eating before they eat it.

In the spirit of reducing stress and giving meaningful, memorable hugs, consider these tips:

Keep it real. Avoid superficial hugs or giving a hug just out of habit. Instead, try focusing on the hug and giving it with purpose, as an expression of friendship. Squeeze hard, but not too hard.

Take a breath. Once you are in the hug, pause for a moment and breathe. Just one breath. This is where you have the chance to squeeze a little longer. Go ahead and be a little vulnerable. In the moment, remember who you are hugging and why you are hugging him or her. This is a moment when the healing power of the hug can shine through, and a hug or squeeze is a sign of affection and trust.

Let it go. Be sensitive to the movements of the person you are hugging and be willing to be the first to let go. Leave the embrace with a smile on your face, even in the hardest moments of life. Always let the person you are letting go of know you are happy.

Visit treetop.com for more information.

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Tree Top